MontaVista Software and Texas Instruments to Provide Embedded Linux Platform for TI OMAP Processors

12/11/2002 - Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN) and MontaVista Software, Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution, announced that they will work together to provide an embedded Linux platform for OMAP application processors to target 2.5G and 3G handsets and other applications. With the industry-leading MontaVistaTM Linux® embedded operating system and cross-development platform, embedded application developers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will be able to quickly create OMAP processor-based, multimedia-enhanced applications for advanced wireless devices, telematics, biometrics, enhanced gaming and specialized personal digital assistants (PDAs).

“Because of its flexibility and ease of use, Linux is becoming essential for many embedded applications,” said David Potts, worldwide director of applications for TI’s OMAP platform. “Working with MontaVista Software and Texas Instruments lets software developers leverage MontaVista Linux with its full-featured, open and rich development environment to build upon the high performance and power-efficiency of TI’s OMAP processors.”

MontaVista Linux will support development for many of Texas Instrument’s OEM customers who are building embedded OMAP-based applications and for embedded Linux application developers using TI’s InnovatorTM Development Kit for the OMAP platform. TI and MontaVista have demonstrated this partnership in October at the Convergence Automotive Show in Detroit and in November during a technical presentation titled “Linux and the OMAP Platform for Wireless Consumer Electronics Devices” at Embedded Technology in Yokohama, Japan.

“MontaVista Software proudly adds OMAP processors to the industry-leading array of embedded CPUs that we support,” said Scott Hedrick, senior product marketing manager, consumer electronics, MontaVista Software. “MontaVista Linux together with TI OMAP processors provides a powerful combination for advanced networked embedded devices and applications, such as smart phones, automotive telematics, and mobile entertainment devices.”

As part of its collaboration with TI, MontaVista Software will provide a complete Linux-based development platform to enable innovation and development by third party embedded application developers. TI’s OMAP family of application processors delivers high-performance processing coupled with low power consumption. OMAP processors feature an open, comprehensive software infrastructure supporting a variety of popular operating systems, including Linux, and development environments such as Java technology. Software developers who want to optimize their applications to take advantage of the digital signal processor (DSP) in the dual-core OMAP1510 and OMAP5910 devices can easily do so through familiar and easy-to-use tools and application programming interfaces (APIs). Development tools such as the Innovator Development Kit for the OMAP platform, training and technical documentation are available at

MontaVista Linux for the OMAP platform will be available direct from MontaVista and MontaVista distribution channels worldwide in December 2002. MontaVista Linux is purchased as a product subscription, providing the MontaVista Linux kernel, software updates, utilities, development tools, access to the MontaVista Zone and full technical support. Also available from MontaVista Software are expanded technology add-on products, including embedded Java, High-Availability technology, and powerful graphical toolkits.

About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments Incorporated is the world leader in digital signal processing and analog technologies, the semiconductor engines of the Internet age. In addition to Semiconductor, the company’s businesses also include Sensors & Controls, and Educational & Productivity Solutions. TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has manufacturing or sales operations in more than 25 countries. Texas Instruments is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TXN. More information is located on the World Wide Web at

About MontaVista Software
MontaVista Software is a leading global supplier of systems software for intelligent connected devices and their associated infrastructure, for applications ranging from communications infrastructure to consumer electronics. MontaVista powers the embedded revolution by providing GNU/Linux based open-source systems software solutions. Founded in 1999 by real-time operating system (RTOS) pioneer James Ready, MontaVista Software's principal products include MontaVistaTM Linux® Professional Edition and MontaVistaTM Linux® Carrier Grade Edition. The Professional Edition comprises a Linux-based embedded source and binary distribution, cross development environments, and a versatile set of tools for the OMAP, x86/IA-32, PowerPC, StrongARM, MIPS, SH, ARM, XScale, Xtensa and other microprocessor architectures. The Carrier Grade Edition is a next-generation high availability product that is the first commercial off-the-shelf Linux (COTS) platform for telecommunications and carrier-grade applications. MontaVista Software also provides several complementary technology products addressing specific customer needs, such as Java development and runtime, powerful graphics capabilities and more.

Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley, in Sunnyvale, Calif., MontaVista Software is a privately held company funded by leading investors such as Alloy Ventures, US Venture Partners, RRE Ventures, WR Hambrecht + Co., IBM, Intel Capital, Panasonic, Sony and Yamaha Corporation. For more information about MontaVista Software, please visit

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. MontaVista is a trademark of MontaVista Software Inc.

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